Death Penalty In Louisiana

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The death penalty was established in the eighteenth century and currently within the United States, thirty-six states impose the death penalty, Louisiana is included. The death penalty has become such a controversial topic in the Untied States for various reasons among the religious. Many Americans believe the death penalty is justified when individuals commit heinous crimes. I would have to agree that some crimes people commit deserve a sentence of death, especially when they commit rape, crimes against juveniles, or aggravated murder. Although the death penalty is limited and used sparingly, it reflects in our society and the value of deterrence is weakened. When such crimes are committed, our society has the right to impose death but it…show more content…
The defendant’s race is considered in terms of whether this was a same race crime or whether the victim was of a different race. If a defendant was black and killed a white person, he is approximately twice as likely to receive the death penalty, than if the defendant was white and killed a black person. “A close examination of these types of cases revealed that the seemingly anomalous executions could be explained by the presence of a low-status defendant and/or a high status victim.” This is because the “death penalty is less likely to be imposed for a low status victims, defined by low-skill occupation, unemployment, criminal behavior and/or record, gang membership, public housing, dilapidated nonpublic housing, dropping out of high school, and mental retardation.” Never the less, the justice system seems to be a bit prejudice in it…show more content…
I do not believe this to be true, I believe that long-term imprisonment is what criminals are not afraid of. It is said that the death penalty encourages and legitimizes unlawful killing. But let’s think about it “murder, is unlawful and undeserved while the death penalty is lawful and deserved for unlawful act.” Imprisonment will never be a harsh enough punishment because they live off of our taxes, and it is sad to say that we are paying to keep these criminals alive. But most religious people will argue that capital punishment is breaking one of the Ten Commandments but the bible also says that “it is an eye for an eye.” That statement does not mean that when a person does something to you, you do it back but God put rules and people on this earth and gave them choices to make and I feel that if you truly love your brothers and sisters within this world the death sentence is appropriate because your are keeping them from hurting any other people. So many non-supporters of the death penalty say they are against it because of racial discrimination, or how it treats humans as like animal, or that it is cruel and unusual, or that retribution is another word for revenge and therefore they believe that life imprisonment is a just enough punishment. But giving a convicted murderer life imprisonment could still result in death by their hands
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